crazy ethanol

williams lcm

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
orlando fl
It is just me or am I crazy that my equipment takes about 10-20 pulls to get running when the heat and humidity increase during the day. 1 or 2 pulls in the morning. It is not just one brand of handhelds. They all act the same from the ethanol seperating from the gas. It pissies me off so much. My customers see me struggling to get the equipment running. It is all fairly new equipment. I tried some fuel additivies and nothing works. What are u guys using to help combat this situation?
 

weeze

LawnSite Fanatic
there's something wrong with your equipment. mine starts on first or second pull every time first thing in the morning. the rest of the day they start first pull every time. make sure you use 89 or higher octane and not 87.
 

Patriot Services

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Tampa FL
Try a bottle of ethanol shield. If that improves the situation there you go. If not you may have other issues. Running 93 octane can cause hard starting by its very nature. Even in FL heat its only 2 pulls when hot on Echo and Stihl.
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ALEX'S LANDSCAPING

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Ontario, Canada
What type of fuel grade are you running?
You should be running at least 89 with a high quality 2-stroke oil.
I run 91 with stihl HP ultra.
 

ed2hess

LawnSite Fanatic
What type of fuel grade are you running?
You should be running at least 89 with a high quality 2-stroke oil.
I run 91 with stihl HP ultra.
My experience with a large bunch of 2 stroke Echo is they do not start or run better with octane above 87 ever. It is way better to use something that will take any water out of the gas from the ethenol....like Mechanic in a bottle.
 

Patriot Services

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Tampa FL
My experience with a large bunch of 2 stroke Echo is they do not start or run better with octane above 87 ever. It is way better to use something that will take any water out of the gas from the ethenol....like Mechanic in a bottle.
Ed gets a check every time somebody says "mechanic in a bottle". Let's help him out.
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yardguy28

LawnSite Platinum Member
there might be something wrong with your equipment but the fuel thing is garbage.

I've NEVER purchased an ounce of anything except 87 octane fuel for anything.

my equipment has NEVER given me problems starting either.
 

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